Donavon Duncan

St. Peter's Donavon Duncan clears the final hurdle during Friday's preliminary round of the 110 meter hurdles at Westerville North's Jim McCann Stadium. Duncan won a state title in the event Saturday.

WESTERVILLE — A good night’s sleep was all Crestview’s Ross Kuhn needed.

Kuhn struck gold in the 800 meter run Saturday afternoon at the Division III state track and field tournament, winning the event in 1 minute, 53.98 seconds at sun-soaked Jim McCann Stadium.

Ross Kuhn

Crestview's Ross Kuhn rests on the track after anchoring the Cougars' 4x800 relay team to a second-place finish Friday. Kuhn won a state title in the 800 meter run Saturday at Westerville North's Jim McCann Stadium.

He wasn’t the only local athlete to reach the top of the state podium on the state meet’s final day. St. Peter’s Donavon Duncan won the 110 hurdles, breaking the tape in 14.55.

A senior, Kuhn anchored Crestview’s 4x800 relay team to a runner-up finish Friday. He collapsed to the track after crossing the finish line and needed the help of his teammates to reach the podium.

“Whatever my team needs is what I have left in the tank,” Kuhn said Friday when asked if he would have anything left for Saturday’s race. “I’ll give it everything I have.”

Duncan not only won the 110 hurdles. The senior placed third in the 300 hurdles in 40.76.

Crestview, which sent a contingent of nine boys athletes to the state meet, finished with 24 points. The Cougars were fifth in the final team standings.

Tanner Moore placed eighth in the 100 in 11.49 for the Cougars, while Chase Shifflet was fifth in the 300 hurdles in 41.02. Crestview’s 4x200 relay team of Adison Reymer, Evan Hamilton, Rashaun Barber and Moore also placed eighth in 1:32.28. Gabe Smedley joined Kuhn in the 800, placing 16th in 2:01.81.

Colonel Crawford’s Katie Ruffener had a big day, placing second in the long jump competition with a leap of 17-4.75. Ruffener also earned podium finishes in both the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles. The junior was 4th in the 100s in 15.19 and fifth in the 300s in 45.37. Lucas’ Shelby Grover was sixth in the 300s (45.57).

Colonel Crawford’s Carter Valentine placed third in the high jump competition. The junior cleared 6-4.

Loudonville’s Catlyn Kauffman was 12th in the 800 in 2:24.72. Crestview’s Morgan Welch was 15th in the 1,600 in 5:23.79.

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